096796_largerToday an unexpected game popped up in my AppShopper new games feed as Digital Reality's acclaimed side-scrolling shooter Sine Mora made its way to the iOS App Store as a $5.99 Universal app.

Sine Mora originally launched on Xbox Live Arcade in March of last year, with PlayStation 3, Vita, and Windows versions following suit later that year in November. I haven't played Sine Mora before, but love a good shooter, and I absolutely love the visual style in this game. Check out the trailer from the XBLA version.

Unfortunately, Sine Mora promptly became unavailable after its initial release, and I can't currently locate it any any region's App Store. It's possible it was accidentally released, or they realized there was a game-stopping bug and had to pull it, or any number of things. You can still find all the App Store details and screens on AppShopper, so the good news is that I'm sure at some point in the near future we'll all be playing some Sine Mora on our devices.

I'll be sure to update this post with an App Store link should Sine Mora resurface, and I've made sure you can add it to your TouchArcade [Free] app Watch List to get a push if/when it does reappear. In the meantime you can check out some of the impressions in our forums from the few lucky folks who managed to snag a copy in time.

Update: Sine Mora is now available!

  • speedyph

    WOW THIS LOOKS AMAZING I NEVER HEARD OF IT (taps watch list )

    • SumoSplash

      INSTABUY!!!!!!!! Bah!!!!!!!!!!!!! Give me this NOW.

  • Eseres

    That game looks cool. It kind of reminds me of that classic shooter "R-Type".
    And speaking of R-Type. Is there any chance we'll see it on mobile devices in the future? I also see that some games previously released for Xbox Live Arcade and PS3 network are making it to mobile devices. Chould there be hope for a version of State of Decay?

    • SumoSplash

      R-Type Final please, thank you.

    • goosicus

      R-Type is already on iPhone.

      • SumoSplash

        R-Type FINAL. Trust me, it is not on iOS.

  • grits

    What if...Killer7 was an ipad game?

    • kioshi

      I'd love that

    • Bliquid

      Would be a dream come true.
      I think rights are in Capcom's hands, not Grasshopper's.
      Btw, eagerly w8ing for Killer Is Dead, hopefully the spiritual successor of K7.

  • MonkeyChunks

    This is indeed a very good scrolling shooter. I have it on Xbox as well as PC. The degree of polish and detail is top notch on the platforms I mentioned. Music is impressive and kind of futuristic. The story is narrated in Hungarian language so you'll have to read the text. There are some interesting aspects of the story but essentially you're just playing a good game.
    You will encounter huge bosses with tentacles or a locomotive train boss with million turrets.
    Great game.

    • SumoSplash

      Thanks for the info. The detail and art style look to be absolute winners.

      • SumoSplash

        Oh, and how are the weapons? I am hoping for lots of power shots. I noticed a spread shot (not a fan of spread shots) so I'm hoping it's balanced out with delicious power shots.

  • grits

    One thing I continue to love about mobile gaming are the surprises. How does stuff like this just appear out of nowhere? The surprise factor is all but gone from the console and PC world. Not sure how they manage to keep so many secrets here.

    • themostunclean

      I was thinking exactly the same thing earlier today.

      The window between (most) games being announced and their release is also much smaller on iOS (KoTOR, DeusEx). Perfect for impatient people like me!

    • xzeldax3

      Did you even read the article? This game has been out for over a year.
      Anyways, like most media, hype is a great way to increase anticipation of the product. Ports generally don't get much hype (especially to mobile platforms).

      • BaltimoreDave

        Did YOU even read the article? Or the post you replied to? He was clear speaking of the game being released on iOS

      • lll Anubis lll

        I believe they read it correctly. They stated the game has been out on other platforms for over a year, but they never said anything about an ios port.

      • themostunclean

        Xcom? KoTOR? Limbo? Youve got it backwards, I think ports get more hype on mobile than any other platform. They certainly get more of them.

    • BulkSlash

      I absolutely agree. It's like the good old days where I could go to a game store that imported games from Japan and be surprised with NES and SNES games that were barely a rumour in the games magazines. These days every game has so many trailers, previews and so much hype that you've already seen half the game by the time it arrives!

      The other thing I love about iOS gaming are the updates. Sometimes they're just bug fixes but very often we get new levels, options or features. It's like a gift that keeps on giving and like you say, it usually happens without any fanfare at all which makes it all the more fun to wake up in the morning and see a red number on the App Store icon.

  • SumoSplash

    I am assuming this won't have Retina since it's a port? Hmmm.

    • Adams Immersive

      Everything, even the backgrounds, seems to be rendered in 3D, and thus resolution-independent. Retina should be no problem. (You can find some high-res screenshots online from the 3D version.)

      • SumoSplash

        Excellent. I just assume that ports aren't Retina compatible until I hear that they are.

      • PureRumble

        But u forget about the textures. I feel their quality must be bumped up for higher resolution displays.

      • Adams Immersive

        Textures on any platform are seldom seen at 1:1 pixels. Texture details as rendered in a given scene are often softer/lower-res than native res, and yet look fine. (Remember that those lines in the texture rotate at full native res: a low-res checkerboard, say, looks sharp at any angle and size.) And on the flip side, textures sometimes have extra detail, ready for occasional close-ups, and therefore will adapt well to higher resolutions. It depends on the specific texture, but texture res is FAR less noticeable than the screen resolution itself (poly edges).

  • lordyokomoto

    Hmm when I press avatar for this game in hot game column it's coming up as not available in UK store but is available in US store strange lol

  • sakara214ever

    Sine what????? Damn this looks cool!!!

    • caaalrb

      Mora

  • Earth Vs. Me

    Akira Yamaoka of Silent Hill fame composed the soundtrack to this, as well as many other Grasshoper Manufacture games. I'd buy Sine Mora on iOS for that alone. The fact that this looks like a blast to play is just icing :)

    • SumoSplash

      Haha, the gameplay is what counts. A fantastic soundtrack is the icing.

  • datoamo

    I wait for Age of Empires for iOS as Microsoft promised!! <3

    • keem85

      Uhh.. Ok

  • petcar

    It's back on the appstore.

  • shieldser99

    Looks class, graphically it reminds me of Ikaruga

  • Kodijakk

    At this moment still available in germany. Downloading right now...

  • Banzboy

    I would like to let you guys know that the game is available on the Dutch App Store for €5.49.

  • James Cameron

    I'm seeing it in the App Store just fine. I live in London UK and I just checked a moment ago

  • Brandywien

    Got it 4 seconds after I saw the watch list message! To bad it's not Friday.

  • magrmagr

    Downloading

  • captainChocolade

    AMAZING WILL GET IT WHEN IT BECOMES FREEE AND ADLESS

    • xx99

      AKA probably never?

    • Unadan

      There are no ads.

  • Reignmaker

    It's back up again.

  • Unadan

    The ship needs to be controlled by touchscreen. Hopefully they will add this feature.

    • BulkSlash

      That's disappointing. I'm still waiting for it to download so I don't know how the controls feel yet, but I was hoping they'd have studied how Cave shooters work on iOS and replicate that.

    • William Hartman

      Yeah, even though I played through first chapter and I think most/all of chapter 2 and greatly enjoyed it, I couldn't help but think how much nicer it would look full screen. I guess they wanted it to have your fingers always out of the way to enjoy the visuals, and that's cool and all... But the graphics are so nice and gameplay is good Id just like it to look even better/bigger on my iPad4 screen.

  • keem85

    Settings menu is bugged. Can't change gfx setting. Controls are taking up space. I hope they will fix it so it will use full retina with transparent buttons

  • rurmel

    I disagree, It handles excellently, the touch controls are great and work well to make those inch perfect moves to avoid bullet fire. Loving the game so far, no issues.

    • keem85

      Yeah they are great. What I meant was that I wish the background was transparent. Controls are great

      • rurmel

        ah I see what you mean, it can be annoying but I got use to it after awhile, would be cool to have an option for that. I get the graphics bug too though hopefully they fix that in an update.